Kurt was so entranced with the Amanita muscaria mushroom that he named one of his daughters Amanita. This short essay was tucked away in a folder labeled "Soma." According to Kurt, "Amanita muscaria is the current taxonomic name for the magic mushroom of antiquity. The identity of this extraordinary plant is one of the most venerable mysteries in the history of civilization. It is among the earliest psychotropic substances ingested by man, and as such occupies a central and seminal place in the formation and archaic evolution of human culture."